John Steinberg thinks Ann Coulter is heaven-sent manna for the Democrats — a Republican version of Michael Moore, and that the key to Democratic victory should involve asking every living Republican whether he agrees with her:

The question, “Are you an Ann Coulter Republican?” should confront every Republican running for every office in the land, from President to dog catcher. Every Democratic candidate should accuse his or her opponent of being in favor of poisoning Supreme Court Justices and killing Congressmen. At every opportunity, every Republican should be made to answer: “Do you agree with Ann Coulter that the 9/11 widows are witches and harpies?” And George W. Bush, Tony Snow, Dick Cheney, Laura Bush and Barney (the only lapdog with a good excuse) should be confronted with these questions as well.

If enough questions are asked, Mr. Steinberg feels that Ann Coulter will become the Republican “third rail”:

Many lefties wonder why we give Coulter the prominence she so clearly craves. They think we lose by raising her profile. But I think she is exactly the hate-contorted face we want on the Republican Party. We need to make Ann Coulter the third rail of Republican politics, just as Michael Moore was for Democrats two years ago. (They can be equally significant as symbols; there is obviously no comparison in talent or accuracy.)

Well, as I said, I’d buy tickets to a Coulter-Moore debate. However, I’m not sure that as a political tactic, guilt by association works all by itself. The Democrats didn’t lose simply because Michael Moore was in their party, but because he (and his followers) were perceived as within or close to the party mainstream. Ann Coulter has positioned herself far to the right of Bush, and I seriously doubt she’ll be sitting next to any former president at the next Republican convention.
There’s no denying, of course, that Ann Coulter is a Republican. But does this means that every other Republican can be held answerable for her?
As I’ve pointed out, in addition to being a Republican, Ann Coulter is also a Deadhead. This point was really hammered home recently when Pajamas Media linked James Hudnall’s exploration of Ann’s cosmic closet. The dancing skeletons were laid bare for the world to see in an exclusive interview by Taylor Hill (which was limited to the Grateful Dead, um, issue):

Oddly enough, I like the music. No one believes that I never took drugs at Dead shows (except for the massive clouds of passive marijuana smoke) but I went because I really liked the music. There are various groups I get enthusiastic about for awhile, but of all the music I’ve listened to over the years, the Grateful Dead is the one band I never grow tired of. Apparently, the same is true of me for ski-lift operators.
Moreover, I really like Deadheads and the whole Dead concert scene: the tailgating, the tie-dye uniforms, the camaraderie ? it was like NASCAR for potheads. You always felt like you were with family at a Dead show ? a rather odd, psychedelic family that sometimes lived in a VW bus and sold frightening looking ?veggie burritos.? But whatever their myriad interests, clothing choices, and interest in illicit drugs, true Deadheads are what liberals claim to be but aren’t: unique, free-thinking, open, kind, and interested in different ideas. Also, excellent dancers! Watching a Deadhead dance is truly something to behold.

Let’s skip the evasive statement about drugs for now. I think this calls for some serious questions. Not for Ann, but for all Deadheads.
I’d like to ask every last one of them the following:
Are you an Ann Coulter Deadhead?
Don’t we have a right to know whether the other Deadheads are in favor of “poisoning Supreme Court Justices and killing Congressmen”?
I for one am sick of the fact that the gutless media cowards allow them to duck the tough questions by hiding behind their tie-dyes. (Or their skulls wrapped in the American flag!)
I’ll say this for Taylor Hill. He might not have been able to confront the “fetid, malodorous bog that is the Deadhead ecosystem” head on in his interview, but he was able to force the acid-tongued-head to name a few names which reveal the extent of the collaboration:

. . . to answer your question, Senator, I personally have loads and loads of friends who are right-wingers and Deadheads. I couldn’t possibly name them all. For starters, obviously, there’s Angela Lansbury. She gave me my first psychedelic tie-dyed tube top at a Dead show just outside Tucson. Just kidding. There are: Peter Flaherty, President, National Legal And Policy Center; John Harrison, top official in the Justice Department under Reagan and Bush and now a law professor at UVA; Jim Moody, MIT grad and libertarian attorney (and Linda Tripp’s lawyer); Gary Lawson, former Scalia clerk and currently a law professor at Boston University Law School; Andrew McBride, partner at a DC law firm; DeRoy Murdoch, conservative columnist; Ben Hart, right-wing author of ?Poisoned Ivy? out of Dartmouth. Oh, and the conservative talk radio host Gary Stone in Palm Springs is a Deadhead and kindly plays the Dead as my intro music. When I worked at the Justice Department during law school, I’d be leaving with a whole slew of Reagan or Bush political appointees to see the Dead at RFK. Finally, I believe the great New York subway vigilante Bernie Goetz was a Deadhead.

Jerry Garcia, I love you wherever you are, and I loved your music, which will always be a part of me.
But really Jerry!
Much as I used to hate it when the big media types used to blame you for Deadheads gone wrong, on this Ann Coulter thing, I think this time you have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do.


COSMIC UPDATE: While I don’t like to dwell unnecessarily on cosmic matters, Glenn Reynolds (a Leo with Moon in Scorpio) has raised the astrology issue by linking a post by Ann Althouse (of undetermined astrological etiology) which argues that astrology is for lowbrow types. I fear that both may be missing a significant, possibly important, point: Ann Coulter is a quintuple Sagittarius!

Every one of her personal planets is in Sag and they all square Pluto, for her venomous sarcasm and unconscious hatred of everything good and right about democratic values, principles and ideals.
Sag is the sign of opinions but it also rules truth and when you lie about someone or something to the point that you become a mockery of journalistic integrity, a line needs to be drawn. She can’t help but tear down that line with every word she utters.
She’s an angry person because her Mars in right on her Sun and less than three degrees from the Moon, a conjunction that is known as combustion.
The ego, or personality is taken over by the nature of the combust planet, in this case, Mars, affecting her emotionally, as well as her personality, making her rather masculine.

Normally, I try to steer a middle course in matters cosmic, and I think I do a pretty good job, especially if you consider this blog’s position vis-a-vis the ancients (who very much believed in such things).
However, because this was so extreme and so unusual, I thought Ann Coulter’s planetary alignment should be reported to my readers. To be extra cautious and thorough, I checked the ephemeris. Sure enough, Ann’s five major planets — Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus — they are all in Sagittarius!
(May the Other Ann forgive me. . .)
Sometimes I think I really should be more ashamed of myself.